Facebook Inks 25-Game Exclusive Streaming Deal With MLB

Facebook Inks 25-Game Exclusive Streaming Deal With MLB

But MLB's deal with Facebook is the first exclusive arrangement between a major USA league and a social media network, Bloomberg News notes, and the 25 games will mark MLB's first digital-only national broadcasts, according to the news release announcing the deal.

This 25-game package of weekly broadcasts will be distributed exclusively on Facebook Watch in the United States via the MLB Live show Page - marking MLB's first digital-only national broadcasts. Not to mention Facebook also had 20 nonexclusive Major League Baseball games last season and acquired exclusive rights to stream 47 college basketball games involving smaller conferences this year. The first game that will be broadcast on the platform will be a matchup between the Philadelphia Phillies and New York Mets at Citi Field in New York on April 4. The company also had 20 non-exclusive Major League Baseball games last season and acquired exclusive rights to stream 47 college basketball games involving smaller conferences this year. Aside from Facebook, numerous newly introduced OTT TV services - like Fubo, Hulu TV, and Sling TV- offer live sports, albeit not exclusively.

In January, the expansion Los Angeles Football Club - which will make its debut this season in Major League Soccer - reached a multi-year broadcasting agreement with YouTube TV for local broadcast rights. The deal was unanimously approved by all the clubs. MLB Network said it will introduce new "in-game production elements specially designed for intuitively watching, sharing and interacting on Facebook".

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It's also worth noting this is one of the few instances of a digital player taking valuable content away from traditional TV - in this case, games from a major USA sports league.

Here is April's schedule, subject to change (all times ET).

The action gets under way on April 4 at 1:10 p.m. MLB Network, the league's television arm, will produce the games. There will be one each week, and the Royals-Blue Jays, which is scheduled to start at 3:07 p.m., is among the first four contests to be announced.

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Games broadcast on Facebook will also provide users with the flexibility to watch on any screen.

The fight to be the streaming destination for sports fans is heating up and Facebook just took a huge step forward in upping its game.

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